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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

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Meet the Fokkens

Gabriëlle PROVAAS, Rob SCHRÖDER

  • Netherlands
  • 2011
  • 75min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

Meet the Fokkens is an entertaining and charming portrait of elderly twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokkens, who have worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam’s famous – and infamous - Red Light District for over 40 years. Louise stopped work two years ago but Martine is still working – she wants to quit but financially can’t afford it – but the company still spend plenty of time together, with Louise visiting Martine at the small brothel she works in; the pair off for walks and meeting old friends, or simply popping by each other’s flat… naturally they live close together. The Dutch film also charts the changes in Amsterdam’s red light area, with the sisters having charming fond memories of when they were blonde, beautiful and relished fashion and style in their early years in Amsterdam. They debate how they initially became prostitutes; how they went into business for themselves only to be forced out of their brothel by rising costs and shady characters and how the world of prostitution has changed over the years. The directors – Schröder and Provaas is not trying to raise any moral issues about prostitution, but rather simply telling the story of two candid pensioners whose verve and personality has got them through tough years in the world’s oldest profession.

Review

Director

  • Gabriëlle PROVAAS

    Gabriëlle Provaas graduated in 1996 at the University of Amsterdam in Film and Television Studies, with minors in Art History and Psychology. Shortly thereafter she started working as a journalist for Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Since 2002 she works as a freelance journalist for various newspapers and magazines. She also wrote a couple of screenplays. As a director and commisioning editor she worked on various TV programmes and made short documentaries.  Meet the Fokkens (2011)​ 

  • Rob SCHRÖDER

    Rob Schröder was one of the founders of WP , designers’ collective, but social and political groups. In 1991 he was asked to work for the VPRO, a Dutch national broadcaster. He headed the Sandberg’s department of design and new media, and is still teaching there.  Meet the Fokkens (2011)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerBruno FELIX, Femke WOLTING
  • Cinematography Wiro FELIX, Rob SCHRÖDER
  • Editor Sander VOS SOUND Hugo DIJKSTAL

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